Shining an energy efficient light on Maidenhead Hockey Club's talented players

Maidenhead Hockey Club have installed a new, energy efficient flood lighting system at its Altwood School Astro pitch.

The club has invested £45,000 in re-lamping its eight columns of flood lights, installing 28 LEDs to produce a much whiter light - more akin to daylight.

The lights have two settings, one for training and one for matches.

At a time when energy bills are rising the club also anticipates this could result in annual cost savings of between 40 and 60 per cent.

In addition to these energy and cost savings, the changes will also result in improved visibility for players and umpires in afternoon/evening matches.

There's also a benefit for near neighbours and local nature as the new lights produce significantly less light pollution.

Jonathan Crowther, Treasurer for Maidenhead Hockey Club said: “The new lighting has been a significant investment for the Club, but we are already reaping the benefits.

“It is so much safer for the players and our umpires are reporting how much easier it is for them to oversee the games.

“With our home pitch at Altwood School, it is great that the school will also now benefit. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), who provided us with a grant of £4,000 towards the new lighting.”

The lights have been supplied by Christy Lighting after a competitive tender process involving quotes from five companies. The existing lamp columns were retained.

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The club also had some coaching support this week from Olympic medallist Shona McCallin.

Former Maidenhead resident and club coach Shona ran a training session for all who wanted to attend on Saturday and George Pinner also popped down to the club on Monday to assist with the goalkeeper training session, usually led by GK Coach Jaypee Wentzel.

Maidenhead run specialised goalkeeper coaching sessions at Altwood Astro every Monday evening.

The club will be running several hockey taster sessions over the summer, as well as summer camps for colts, with details on those to be released shortly.

For more information visit: www.maidenheadhc.org.uk or email: MembershipSecretary@maidenheadhc.org.uk

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